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Salon #5

Salon #5 - Liz Carney Speaking about her Paintings

Sat 07.12.08 – Painter Ryan Callis and Poet Chris Davidson decided nearly a year ago to start an art / writing / music salon every two months in Seal Beach as a way to lure the Silverlake hipsters out of their lairs and out into the big wide world of SoCal.
The Salon has been quite successful with 30-50 attendees (mostly artists and writers) the second Saturday of the odd numbered month. I went last time (May) and had a good time listening to folks present their work and talking with other attendees of the artistic and writerly persuasions.
Ryan approached me about presenting some of my work at this month’s Salon two weeks ago with the statement that the web has been under represented so far. I decided that I would promote all things web / mobile and photography by showing some of my India photos from the Urbanista Diaries adventure.
The other presenters were: Los Angeles painters Liz Carney and Feo Voronov, who displayed and spoke about their paintings (Photo of Liz Carney above with one of Feo’s paintings on the wall next to her). Poet Patty Seyburn read from four of her poems. And Summer Darling played an acoustic set.
The constraint for the evening was that I had to show my work, describe my process and be done in 10-15 minutes.
Thus, I decided that I would actually present on a dual set of subjects: One being the adventure and process of geo-mobile-photo-blogging with the Nokia N82 on the Urbanista project and the other being the phenomenon of photowalking and making friends through Flickr groups. How would I cover so much ground and images in 15 mintues?
I distilled my presentation down to the bare minimum facts on mobile photo blogging and then specifically talked about the 4th Chennai Photowalk. I took all the photos that I took from the Chennai Photowalk and put them in a slideshow that played while I spoke on the Nokia Urbanista event and on the Chennai Photowalk folks. It was great fun and the audience liked not just the Chennai photos but also the whole idea of photowalking.
All in all, Salon #5 was delightful.

Urbanista Diaries: Best of Mumbai

Mumbai: Arrival area of the Mumbai domestic airport Mumbai: Loading up a car Mumbai : Magazine shop Mumbai: Driving to the hotel in Colaba Mumbai: The Aquarium Mumbai: Streetside pavillion Mumbai: Taj Mahal Hotel entry way with horse sculptures Mumbai: A view of Colaba Causeway from the window of the Chinese Restaurant Mumbai: Fruit Vendor Mumbai: The Old and the New Mumbai: Street dog asleep Mumbai: Red scooter Mumbai: Floral arch before the Gateway of India Mumbai: Boarding the ferry boat to Elephanta Island Mumbai: The southern Mumbai skyline from the Harbor Mumbai: Ferry boats and oil island pier in the Mumbai Harbor Mumbai: Watching the waves Mumbai: Small bovine greeter at Elephanta Island Mumbai: Elephanta Island sculptures Mumbai: Elephanta Island guardian lions Mumbai: Rotunda with dogs Mumbai: Getting a photo taken in front of the Elephanta Island train Mumbai: Feeding the terns while departing Elephanta Island Mumbai: Ferry boat grate Mumbai: Gravity is a Myth Mumbai: Colaba at night Mumbai: The nice scarf vendors Mumbai: Pink! Mumbai: Synagogue Mumbai: Street Lunch Mumbai: St. Thomas' Church Mumbai: Crossing the street Mumbai: At the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai: The subway Mumbai: The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai: Sidewalk tiles Mumbai: A view through a doorway Mumbai: Sonopic Ultra Sound Clinic & family planning
All photos taken by Ms. Jen in Mumbai, India, with a Nokia N82.

The above photos were taken in Mumbai (the city formerly known as Bombay), India, from Mon. Feb. 18, 2008 until late Wed. Feb. 20, 2008 while on the Nokia Urbanista Diaries. Mumbai was my last stop in India and my second to last stop before passing the ‘baton’ on to Ryan Gallagher.
What to say about Mumbai? Within 15 minutes of being away from the airport and driving the hour plus south to my hotel, I knew that I was going to love this city. Mumbai is great big beast just like my other two all time favorite cities: Los Angeles & London. Mumbai is the Indian sister city to a mash up of LA & Miami. Big, spread out, something going on all the time, lots of lovely art deco to modernist residential architecture from 1920s-1960s (like LA & Miami), lively, and more than a bit chaotic.
I stayed at a hotel that came recommended by Lonely Planet in the Colaba district of southern Mumbai, as I could walk to most of the stuff I wanted to do from there. In the 2.5 days that I was in Mumbai, I walked around as much as possible, took as many photos as possible, and took an afternoon ferry out to Elephanta Island in the Mumbai Harbor.
I would like to go back to Mumbai and spend more time exploring the city, as 2.5 days was not enough.
Click on a thumbnail and then navigate through the lightbox slideshow by putting your mouse over the top right hand side of each photo, titles along the bottom.
Enjoy the photos, I have only the Austria photo essay to do to wrap up the all of my favorite photos from my leg of the Nokia Urbanista Diaries trip.

The NY Times on Urbanista Diaries


Hello New York Times
… Uh… the Urbanista Diaries campaign started in mid-January and ended in early March and your article came out on April 7th. Why wait to run the article a full month after the “live” portion is over?
If you are reporting on how Nokia is marketing with a new strategy of “hiring” bloggers and/or the marketing brilliance of the Urbanista Diaries, the why did you not interview one of the four of us?
I was not hired to go on the Urbanista Diaries trip, I was given a really cool opportunity to travel to India with a great camera phone, the N82, and do what I do every day – take lots of mobile photos and moblog them to a website with geo-data.
On the hiring bit? We were not paid, nor were any of the four of us given a phone. In fact quite a few of the phones were ‘lifted’ by DHL employees or Her Majesty’s Customs on the way back to the UK after the Urbanista trip was over*. WOM World (1000 Heads) bought the plane tickets and reimbursed our hotel, food, and local transport. Nokia reimbursed / paid 1000 Heads.
WOM World (1000 Heads) has a policy, that not only do the bloggers get to be honest, but we also return the phones after the trial period. That is a loan, not a hire or a buy.
Yes, Nokia is above the curve on internet marketing, more importantly they are including the mobile community, which in turn creates brand loyalty. Apple or LG or Sony-Ericsson have never offered me to trial a device nor have they asked my opinion on its use or software. Nokia has. This is good.
But, NYT, please do a wee bit more research. kthnxbai.
*****
* Yes, for the record, I am angry about this – crooked business makes me indignant. Given that the phones were to go back to the UK, I would have preferred them to arrived in Oxfordshire in one piece, not the box arriving but missing the phones out of the middle. If I ever meet up with the DHL dude who giggled upon receiving the last N82 for shipment… To the Moon! Fed Ex & USPS have my business from here on out.

Urbanista Diaries : Best of Kerala Photo Essay

Kerala: Communista March Kerala: Bright Yellow Building Kerala: Church on the Airport Road Kerala: Kochi Goat Kerala: Lunch at Dal Roti Kerala: Terracotta Bull Kerala: Ceiling Fan Kerala: Big tree on the edge of the cricket pitch Kerala: St. Francis' Church Kerala: Golden Light Kerala: Sunset at the Fort Cochin Beach Kerala: Boats and Chinese Fishing Nets Kerala: Plumeria Kerala: Roadside Shrine Kerala: Kochi Apartment Towers Kerala: Cell Towers Kerala: The Backwaters Kerala: The Slow Boat Tour Kerala: Ceiling of the Lime House Kerala: The Crushing Floor at the Lime House Kerala: Drink Stand Kerala: Doing the Washing Kerala: The Backwaters, Part II Kerala: Ducks Kerala: Somany Kerala: The Mixed Tandor Platter at Dal Roti Kerala: Peeling Orange Paint

All photos taken by Jenifer Hanen in Bangalore, India, with a Nokia N82.

As a wrap up for my Urbanista Diaries adventure, I am going to be publishing photo essays of my favorite photos that I took in each city that I visited. Some of these photos are in my flickrstream, most of them on the nseries.com website, and some are new to everyone but me.
The above photos were taken in Fort Cochin & Surrounds, Kerala, India, from Wed. Feb. 13th to Fri. Feb. 15th, 2008. I really enjoyed how laid back Kerala was, it was a true treat from staying at the Delight Home Stay in Fort Cochin to the backwaters boat tour. I have previously blogged about it being “God’s Own Communist Country.”
Click on a thumbnail and then navigate through the lightbox slideshow by putting your mouse over the top right hand side of each photo, titles along the bottom.
Enjoy the photos, three more cities to come.

Urbanista Diaries : Best of Bangalore Photo Essay

Bangalore: Driving from the Airport to Richmond Bangalore: Casa Piccolo Bangalore: Richmond Post Office Bangalore: Barbed Wire Bangalore: Outside a school Bangalore: St. Patrick's Bangalore: Construction Bangalore: City Park Flower Bangalore: Mohan at Ulla's Refreshments Bangalore: Brigade Road Bangalore: Meta-Moblogging, taking a photo of an Nokia N82 ad with a N82 Bangalore: Low Prized Bangalore: Dog
Bangalore: Breakfast at Casa Piccolo Bangalore: Papaya Tree Bangalore: Scooter & Motorcycle Traffic Bangalore: Gateway to the Bull Temple Complex Bangalore: Entrance to the Bull Temple Bangalore: Front to the Bull Temple Bangalore: The Bull Temple brought to you by Spectra!
Bangalore: The Bull Temple Antechamber Bangalore: Another temple in the Bull Temple Complex Bangalore: RR Restaurant Bangalore: Kentucky Fried Chicken (and presumably KF Vegetables, too) Bangalore: Mohan, taking a photo on MG Road Bangalore: Penguin Grove Bangalore: Rhinocerous Bangalore: Engine Room at the Tech Musuem Bangalore: Engine Room at the Tech Musuem, Part II Bangalore: The closed Museum next to the Tech Museum Bangalore: The closed Museum next to the Tech Museum, Part II Bangalore: Calf eating garbage Bangalore: At the Airport

All photos taken by Jenifer Hanen in Bangalore, India, with a Nokia N82.

As a wrap up for my Urbanista Diaries adventure, I am going to be publishing photo essays of my favorite photos that I took in each city that I visited. Some of these photos are in my flickrstream, most of them on the nseries.com website, and some are new to everyone but me.
The above photos were taken in Bangalore, Karnataka, India, from Mon. Feb. 11th to Wed. Feb. 13th, 2008. Big thanks to Mohan Nadig for kindly shepherding me around Bangalore and all the great conversation. I truly enjoyed Bangalore and would like to go back and visit again. I do think that some of the call centers should offer tours and an opportunity to sit with someone who has answered your support or complaint call before…. ;o)
Click on a thumbnail and then navigate through the lightbox slideshow by putting your mouse over the top right hand side of each photo, titles along the bottom.
Enjoy the photos, four more cities to come.

Thanks WOM World!



Tues 02.26.08 – I would like to give a BIG Thank You to all the lovely folk at WOM World for all their hard work to make the Nokia Nseries Urbanista Diaries mobile travel adventure successfully go off! Thanks y’all!
Photo taken in Oxford by Ms. Jen with a Nokia N82. WOM World folk – left to right: Colin, Richard, Siobhan, Amy, and Donna (unfortunately Frank and Robbie were not at lunch).

Urbanista Diaries : Best of Chennai Photo Essay

The Happiness Bell Jay and his mini light sabers Taking an Auto Rickshaw to San Thome Sam Thome Cathedral, Chennai Venerating the Virgin Mary Melted Candles The Virgin all dressed up The Beach and Bay of Bengal Speed Post Chennai Photowalk: Shrine
Chennai Photowalk: Simpson & Co. Chennai Photowalk: At the gate of the Hindu Times Chennai Photowalk: The Mail Chennai Photowalk: Green Glass Chennai Photowalk: Alert Dog Chennai Photowalk: Fetish Chennai Photowalk: Anna Salai / Mount Road Chennai Photowalk: Stopping for Lunch Chennai Photowalk: Casino Art Deco Cinema Chennai Photowalk: Photographing the Casino Cinema Chennai Photowalk: Subway under Mount Road Chennai Photowalk: Walking Chennai Photowalk: Billboard Chennai Photowalk: Chandru shows us the Sunday Magazine interview about the Chennai Photowalk folk Chennai Photowalk: Ornate Door Lock Chennai Photowalk: Survival Benefit The Tarmac at the Chennai Airport

All photos taken by Jenifer Hanen in Chennai, India, with a Nokia N82.

As a wrap up for my Urbanista Diaries adventure, I am going to be publishing photo essays of my favorite photos that I took in each city that I visited. Some of these photos are in my flickrstream, most of them on the nseries.com website, and some are new to everyone but me.
The above photos were taken in Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu, India, from Sat. Feb. 9th to Mon. Feb. 11th, 2008. Big thanks once again to the Chennai Photowalk flickr group for such a fun photowalk day on Sun. Feb. 10, 2008.
Enjoy the photos, five more cities to come.